Canadian police seek motive in van attack that killed 10

by Antonio Miles April 27, 2018, 0:55
Canadian police seek motive in van attack that killed 10

The families shattered by a deadly rampage through the streets of Toronto include a seven-year-old boy now left without a mother and a son forced to bury the father who travelled overseas to visit him, community members said Wednesday.

A man accused of driving a van that ploughed into people on a busy downtown Toronto street has appeared in court charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

Sohe Chung, 23, has been identified as one of the people killed in Monday's van attack in Toronto.

The two male victims we know about are Chul Min (Eddie) Kang, known as an awesome chef at a downtown steakhouse with an addictive smile; and Munir Najjar, who was here from Jordan with his wife to visit their son, a vocalist with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra. Police said he will soon face an additional count of attempted murder. Toronto's police chief, Mark Saunders, said the incident "definitely looked deliberate", although the nation's Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale said the "horrendous" attack "does not appear to be connected in any way to national security".

Rathanasiri described Amarasingha as a kind and generous person who attended regular services and brought cookies to Sunday school students every week.

"If you take guns out of the mix, Canada and the USA are identical", she said, citing statistics indicating the two countries have similar rates of non-firearm homicides.

She also worked as a sales specialist at Holt Renfrew. "Out of respect for her and her family, we will not be providing any further comments".

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Dorothy Sewell was grandmother and great-grandmother, her grandson, Elwood Delaney, said. Friends are now caring for Amarasingha's son, he added.

Rodger, who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after the 2014 attack, left behind an extensive digital history, including a YouTube video in which he vowed a "day of retribution" against the women who had sexually rejected him.

"It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon", Trudeau said.

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"They are secluded right now and they ask everybody to accept their privacy", he said.

Another victim was Betty Forsyth, whose death was confirmed by a neighbour on Wednesday.

"Everybody knew Betty because she used to walk in the morning to feed the animals", Hunt said.

"When something like this happens, you think people are going to run away from the tragedy, but people didn't - they ran toward it to try to help others", she added. "I wouldn't feel unsafe".

The anti-women sentiment also recalled Canada's 1989 massacre at the Ecole Polytechnique, an engineering college in Montreal, when 25-year-old Marc Lepine entered a classroom, separated the men from the women, told the men to leave and opened fire, killing 14 women before killing himself. Her family released a statement on Tuesday saying she "only had kindness in her".

Tennis Canada said the victims also included long-time volunteer Anne Marie D'Amico.

She worked for Invesco, a US -based investment company with a Canada office located near where the mile-long van attack began.

A South Korean news agency says two Korean nationals were among 10 people killed when a van mounted a sidewalk and rammed into pedestrians in Toronto.

Police, meanwhile, continued to gather evidence.

Canadians mourned as the victims began to be identified on Tuesday.

"All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!" reads a Facebook page believed to be Minassian's.


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